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What is Transmissionist Teaching?

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John Kwan

on 24 August 2015

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Using Mathematics as our example
Why do we still teach in a Transmissionst method?
Learning mathematics, a transmissionst method of teaching
In this review we will use teaching of mathematics to demonstrate the principle of transmission theory. This transmission model of education in which teachers present problems and then show students how to solve the given problems using already-proven theories has also been labeled ‘teaching by imposition’ (Cobb, 1988). This manner of teaching focuses on basic facts, isolated goals, direct instruction, and pencil and paper exercises (Cobb, 1988; Countryman, 1992). Cobb (1988) argues that students are constrained by the teacher’s explicitly taught methods. Failure of a student to understand a concept would result in a teacher repeating the instruction or providing more worksheets (Cobb,1988). Transmissionist teaching is form under the basic assumption of teaching via 1) a communicator and 2) a receiver model. In this model of teaching, many students will “sit and stare, not ask for help, and likely not fully understand” (Venne, 1989, p.66).
Black, P. and Wiliam, D. (1998), in their study of preservice teachers, argues that teachers’ beliefs can be eclectic and contradictory and that teachers may hold both transmissionist as well as constructivist views. There are topics and foundational knowledge which a transmissionist method of teaching is best use to ensure more students are expose to specific teaching topics.
In the example of learning mathematics, a transmissionst method of teaching will include tools such as text book, lectures and seminars where ownership of knowledge belongs to the teacher as the authorities – students agree because of fear and respect.
Learning Skills include teacher’s explanation, check for understanding and judges correctness of students responses – Didactic. Students learning preference includes passiveness and isolation. Memorisation and replication of teachers an Textbook ideas.

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What is Transmissionist Teaching?
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Black, P. and Wiliam, D. (1998). Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Phi Delta Kappa, 80(2),139-149. Retrieved March 2, 2008 from Academic Search Premier database.
Venne, Greg (1989). High School Students Write about Math. English Journal, 78(1), 64-66. Retrieved October 23, 2007, from Academic Research Library database.
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